No Nukes News

January 8, 2010

Jump on board!

  1. A provincial by-election has been called for Feb. 4 in Toronto-Centre. The Ontario Clean Air Alliance is calling for a ramped-up coal phase-out by June, 2010.  We’ll be surveying all the candidates, and distributing leaflets with their responses to constituents in the riding at subway stations etc. If you’re up for helping, let me know.
  2. Also, we’ve distributed leaflets  to about 80% of the homes in Iggy’s riding (Etobicoke-Lakeshore). If you’re up for helping complete this task, let me know.

Thanks for all your support!


Canada's dirty nuclear secret

With Atomic Accomplice: How Canada Deals in Deadly Deceit, Mr. McKay documents the official secrecy that has protected Canada's nuclear industry from public scrutiny for two generations - and demonstrates why Canadian environmentalists have much more to worry about than global warming.

For 60 years, he says, Canada has participated in the global dispersal of weapons-related elements, technologies and secrets. Indeed, Canada has helped in the making of nuclear bombs for the United States, Britain, Russia, France, Israel, India and Pakistan and has "dealt atomic supplies and secrets" to Argentina, Taiwan, Romania, South Korea and Communist China.

Canada is now the world's leader in uranium exports and, therefore, the world's leader in potential plutonium proliferation. These exports generate $1-billion a year in Canadian cash flow but bequeath to the world enough fissile material to make 5,000 nuclear warheads every year.

Read full book review here:

Atomic Accomplice is available online at OR from the OCAA office (that’s me!).

AECL seeks enriched uranium used to make isotopes

Note: The reason why the world is in a tizzy over Iran and its uranium enrichment program is that this technology can be used to make highly enriched uranium (HEU) and thus provide an avenue to the fabrication of atomic bombs.

For many years now, the US and other nations have been trying to eliminate all traffic in HEU because of the severe proliferation risk it poses (any criminal or terrorist organization acquiring enough HEU -- about 50 kg -- could make a very powerful atomic bomb -- small enough to be carried in the trunk of an automobile).

Thus the US has been forcing all research reactors in North America to convert from HEU to low enriched uranium (LEU) which cannot be used as an explosive.

However, Chalk River insists on continuing to demand HEU for the production of medical isotopes, even though these isotopes can be produced using low-enriched uranium (Argentina does so for example) and even though AECL promised years ago to work towards the elimination of HEU as an ingredient in their isotope production program.

Canada is setting a very bad example for the rest of the world in allowing AECL to continue to import, stockpile and use highly enriched uranium.  After all if AECL can do it, why can't any other research agency in the world do it too?  The world will not long tolerate a double standard like this.

The Canadian government should crack the whip and order AECL to convert to the use of low enriched uranium, starting now.

- Gordon Edwards.

Clearly the struggle to keep Saskatchewan nuclear free isn't over just yet.  –a

Research reactor will allow U of Sask to reach potential

But included in the Saskatchewan Party government's announcement Thursday was support for the Canadian Neutron Source -- a multipurpose research reactor proposed to be built on the University of Saskatchewan campus not only to help supply the global demand for medical isotopes, but to take over as Canada's primary nuclear research facility.

Nuclear plant spills tritium into lake

Workers at the Darlington nuclear station filled the wrong tank with a cocktail of water and a radioactive isotope Monday, spilling more than 200, 000 litres into Lake Ontario.

Nine out of Ten are Opposed to Uranium Exploration in the Area of Sept-Iles, Quebec

(translated) Nine out of ten residents of Sept-Iles are opposed to uranium exploration in the area of the municipality.  Those are the results of an opinion poll commissioned by the City.

Furthermore, support for a moratorium on all uranium exploration and mining projects throughout Quebec reached 87 percent.

New problem with Lepreau refurbishment

The refurbishment of Point Lepreau, which is already about 16 months behind schedule, has run into a new problem involving the nuclear reactor's calandria tubes, officials have confirmed.

Point Lepreau is the first Candu-6 reactor to undergo a complete gutting and rebuild. It was intended to be a showcase for AECL to display its ability to revive the 1980s-era reactors.

The project started running into problems in October, 2008, when two $10-million turbines were accidentally dropped into Saint John Harbour.

New Jersey nuclear plant shut down because of ice in Delaware River

Brazilian mayor seeks shutdown of nuclear power plant after floods

Nuclear power declining, not reviving, in USA

In upstate New York, the Unistar Nuclear Energy front group asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to delay its application to build a reactor at Oswego, near Syracuse. Meanwhile, in Texas, the San Antonio city council’s deliberations over building two new reactors has disintegrated into recriminations, resignations and firings over a multi-billion-dollar price jump in projected cost estimates, a furor that could doom reactor construction there as well. And in Vermont, Entergy has threatened to shut its Yankee reactor if the legislature does not approve a complex maneuver that would allow its owners to escape certain financial liabilities.

Throughout the US, while the corporate media hypes a “renaissance” of new nukes, facts on the ground say the opposite is happening. The longer that trend continues, the more likely we are to win a world powered by the Solartopian technologies that really work, including wind, solar, geothermal, sustainable bio-fuels, increased efficiency/conservation, and more.

The Answer Ain't Nuclear

"C" for Chernobyl: site of the worst nuclear accident in history nearly a quarter of a century ago. That wretched city inadvertently became the perfect Frankenstein laboratory for studying the long-term behavior of radiation in the wild.

Despite the passage of 23 years, normalcy is not returning to Chernobyl nearly as fast as predicted. Specifically, the cesium 137 in Chernobyl's soils isn’t decaying as fast as its 30-year half-life.

And so the idea that Ukraine could repopulate the Chernobyl dead zone in "only" 180 to 320 years is proving pure fantasy.

Exposing Canada's War Industry Profiteers

The Canadian Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT) has just published a 50-page report called "CANSEC: War is Business."

Order a copy or subscribe here:

To kick off this new year, we are pleased to present you with a very special issue of The Nuclear Monitor (issue # 700/701). Produced in cooperation with our friends at WISE (World Information Service on Energy) and WECF (Women in Europe for a Common Future), this 40-page booklet is titled:

Nuclear Power: The Critical Question

First hand reports from the frontlines of the nuclear fuel chain.

Download it here: (1.28 MB)